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How To Tell If You Have Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees derive their name because of their habit of boring holes in wood. These bees hibernate during the window in tunnels, emerging when the weather grows warm. They are solitary in nature and may sting. If you believe that you have carpenter bees in your home or on your property, you may need to get professional help to protect your property and your home from them.

Identifying Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are similar in appearance to bumble bees. They range in size from 0.25 to 1 inch long. Carpenter bees are either yellow or black but may not have yellow stripes. They have robust bodies, six legs, and antennae. Unlike bumble bees, they do not have hair on their abdomens.

Signs That You May Have A Carpenter Bee Problem

The most obvious signs that you may have a carpenter bee problem are holes that are bored into the wood around the exterior of your home. You might also see sawdust on the ground underneath the bored hole. In the holes' entrances, you may see a yellowing caused by a combination of bee pollen and excrement. The male bees also buzz aggressively near the entrance to their nests and are known to hover in people's faces. If you see the signs of a carpenter bee infestation, it is important for you to get help from the professionals at A-Academy Termite & pest Control because of the damage that they can cause.

Dangers Posed By Carpenter Bees

The primary danger posed by carpenter bees is structural damage to your home. If they are left untreated, they can cause substantial damage to your home's wood structure. These bees don't eat wood, but they do use it to construct their nests. The males do not have stingers, so they cannot sting. The females do have powerful stingers that may cause pain, redness, and swelling. Some people may have serious allergic reactions when they are stung by female carpenter bees.

How To Get Rid of Carpenter Bees

In order to properly treat and manage a carpenter bee problem, your pest control professional will first conduct a thorough inspection of your home. He or she may treat the bored holes with insecticides while leaving the holes open. This may help to eliminate the carpenter bees when they return to the holes and contact the insecticide. The professional may also recommend that you fill bored holes and repaint old wooden fences to keep the bees at bay. The air may be sprayed to rid it of carpenter bees that are buzzing about. We proudly serve Red Bank as well as many other New Jersey service locations. Contact A-Academy Termite & Pest Control today to get help with all of your pest control needs.

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